Thursday, February 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Well, That's How I Heard It
(Originally posted on April 1, 2011)

The original, Italian version of "Volare" {proper title "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu"} recorded by Domenico Modugno, was one of my favorite songs when I was around five. I used to sing "Dipinto di Blu" as "The pink and the blue." That's what they call a mondegreen!
 Article on Mondegreens    

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Thanks to the Singer Sewing Machine Company

Now that I've joined The Betsy-Tacy Society, I'd like to share the following post from one of my old blogs.

I feel that, to use a cliche, many readers owe a great... make that a humongous... debt of gratitude to the Singer Sewing Machine Company. What if they hadn't transferred Patrick Kenney to their Mankato, Minnesota office? Then he probably would never have moved his large family into the house across from the home of Tom and Stella Hart and their family. And that would have meant that their children would not have met.
Just imagine if Maud Hart (Betsy) and "Bick" Kenney (Tacy) had never known each other.
There would have been no "Betsy-Tacy" books.
No "Betsy-Tacy" books??? To use another cliche, let's not go there. I, for one, cannot imagine my reading life without them. I read the books at least once every year and a half, dividing them into three categories:
1: Childhood:
"Betsy-Tacy"
"Betsy-Tacy and Tib"
"Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill"
"Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown"
{at the end of this book "the curtain goes up" on
the approaching high-school years.}

2: High School:
"Heaven to Betsy"
"Betsy in Spite of Herself"
[this book always makes me want to hear, again, "The Merry Widow Waltz", "La Boheme", and the then-popular song, "Dreaming"]
"Betsy Was a Junior"
"Betsy and Joe"

The Adult Years:
"Betsy and the Great World"
"Betsy's Wedding"
[And is there a more perfect, more satisfying ending to a series than the final chapter of "Betsy's Wedding"? It doesn't, as so many endings do, make me wish the author had taken the characters into even later years. Rather, it makes me look forward to the next time I will begin reading the books.]

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Update:  And, as it turns out, Maud Hart Lovelace felt the same way about the way "Betsy's Wedding" ends.
Click here and then scroll dowm

Monday, February 24, 2014

Well, you KNOW I love the Betsy-Tacy books!

I've just joined The Betsy-Tacy Society.  I decided to do so because:

1: As I said in the heading, I love the Betsy-Tacy books.

2: I've been wanting to join an established club or society for some time now. 

3: And yes, I wanted to be able to access the "Members Only" section.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sunday Snippets-- A Catholic Carnival



Come one come all, to Sunday Snippets ! Thanks to RAnn for hosting!  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.  How about sharing yours?






Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"In A Great Tradition
Tribute to Dame Laurentia McLachlan,
Abbess of Stanbrook" #
by The Benedictines of Stanbrook
(I am very glad to have this book.  Rumer Godden
wrote in In This House of Brede: "All of the characters
in this book are imaginary, but many of the episodes
are based on fact; some are taken from the life and
sayings of Dame Laurentia McLachlan and Sister Mary
Ann McArdle of Stanbrook Abbey."

"In This House of Brede,"
by Rumer Godden
[fiction]
{Sunday Books}

"The Imitation of Mary In Four Books" #
by Alexander De Rouville
Revised and Edited by Matthew J. O'Connell
[devotional reading, Catholic]
(one chapter a day; more on Sunday


"Son of Interflux"
by Gordon Korman
[YA fiction]

"Lily's Ultimate Party"
"Ask Lily"
by Nancy Rue
 [children's fiction, Christian, Protestant, no denomination specified.


"Stranger Online"
by Carol Smith
( todays.girls.com series, created by Terry K. Brown
[children's fiction, Christian, (Protestant, denomination
 or denominations not specified ) ]
(openlibrary.org loan)
Some, but not all, of the books in this series
were lost when I moved, so thank God for
free online books!

"Two Sides of a Coin"
by Miriam Elias
[children's fiction, Judaica]

"The Mother-Daughter Book Club" #
by Heather Vogel Frederick
[children's fiction]
{carrying over into next week}

This Week's Fan Fiction

23rd Precinct

New chapter added

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday

All My Bibles

This is a post from one of my old blogs.
I have so many Bibles, in so many translations, it's not funny. Fine Art Bibles, pocket-sized Bibles, medium-sized Bibles, One-Year Bibles, devotional Bibles, study Bibles, leather Bibles, imitation leather Bibles, hardcover Bibles, paperback Bibles.
Somehow, though, I always end up going back to my Ignatius Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition paperback Bible, which I got by mail order on May 1st, 1998. (I put the date in the front cover when I received it.)
This Bible is well-worn and well-marked; in fact, it may be a bit over-marked! I think I've used, at one time or another, almost every Bible-marking system there is. Circling, stars, dots, color-coding, highlighting, even VERY simple symbols. {that system didn't last very long!}In fact, the only system I haven't used is underlining. I don't like underlining as a marking system, but that's just my personal taste.

(August 20, 2011)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sunday Snippets-- A Catholic Carnival



Come one come all, to Sunday Snippets! Thanks to RAnn for hosting!  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.  How about sharing yours?


Semper Gaudete!: Telephone Exchanges (Adapted from a post on one of my old blogs)

Semper Gaudete!: Veteran News Professional Brian Patrick Joins ‘EWTN News Nightly’ As Executive Producer

Semper Gaudete!: Abortion Clinic TV Pilot Shops for Financing

Semper Gaudete!: Throwback Thursday

Semper Gaudete!: Sunday Treat

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week

Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"In A Great Tradition
Tribute to Dame Laurentia McLachlan,
Abbess of Stanbrook" #
by The Benedictines of Stanbrook
(I am very glad to have this book.  Rumer Godden
wrote in In This House of Brede: "All of the characters
in this book are imaginary, but many of the episodes
are based on fact; some are taken from the life and
sayings of Dame Laurentia McLachlan and Sister Mary
Ann McArdle of Stanbrook Abbey."

"In This House of Brede,"
by Rumer Godden
[fiction]
{Sunday Books}


"The Imitation of Mary In Four Books" #
by Alexander De Rouville
Revised and Edited by Matthew J. O'Connell
[devotional reading, Catholic]
(one chapter a day; more on Sunday)





"Tarry Awhile"
(Kindle book)
{carried over from last week}
"Something Borrowed, Something Blue"
by Lenora Mattingly Weber


"This Is My Life"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
[non-fiction, autobiography,
Christian (Protestant) themes]

For the first time in a long time, I'm not carrying any books over into next week, 
except, of course, for my Sunday reading.  

Sunday Treat


This flavor of coffee is only available in February, so
I'm reserving it as a Sunday treat.
I love the combination of chocolate and raspberry.




Thursday, February 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday

I searched for this post after coming across the word "mizzled" in Eleanor Cameron's A Room Made of Windows.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Abortion Clinic TV Pilot Shops for Financing

Abortion Clinic TV Pilot Shops for Financing

This is beyond sick!

Veteran News Professional Brian Patrick Joins ‘EWTN News Nightly’ As Executive Producer

Irondale, AL  Brian Patrick, longtime news anchor of Cincinnati’s ABC affiliate and a 40-year veteran of television and radio, has joined “EWTN New Nightly With Colleen Carroll Campbell” as Executive Producer.  Patrick also serves as interim anchor for Campbell, who is currently on maternity leave.

 
Patrick is well-known to viewers of the EWTN Global Catholic Network where he serves as moderator of the weekly television series, “Crossing the Goal,” which uses a sports show format to get men into spiritual shape; and as host of the daily drive-time radio program, “Son Rise Morning Show” on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network, which engages Catholic Christians in a thoughtful discussion of their Faith and Church traditions. In addition, Patrick has anchored a weekly business news program in Cincinnati.
 
“We’re thrilled to have Brian Patrick take on the challenging role of Executive Producer of this groundbreaking program.  Brian is experienced news professional who brings with him a perfect balance of solid news judgment and Catholic sensibility.  He is the ideal person to lead our News Nightly team,” said EWTN Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw.
 
“I’m excited to be part of the ‘EWTN News Nightly’ team,” Patrick said. “I invite viewers to tune in to watch as the show evolves and we work to expand to five night a week.”
 
Patrick served a three-year term on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Communications Committee and has been involved with Christ Renews His Parish and the Cursillo communities in the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky.
 
He is the father of three grown daughters and “Papa” to seven grandchildren, as well as an active member of St. Barbara parish in Northern Kentucky.
 
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 33rd year, is available in over 230 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.
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Brian Patrick, longtime news anchor of Cincinnati’s ABC affiliate and a 40-year veteran of television and radio, has joined “EWTN New Nightly With Colleen Carroll Campbell” as Executive Producer.
To view supporting documents and/or photos, go to www.enr-corp.com/pressroom and enter Release ID: 367713

Monday, February 10, 2014

Telephone Exchanges (Adapted from a post on one of my old blogs)

Nowadays, telephone numbers are just that: Numbers.
There are times, even after so many years, that I wish we could go

back to using exchange names.  To me, the numbers 33,74, and 89 can never replace DEwey, SHeepshead, and TWining. 
And the numbers 64 (not 64, but the individual numbers 6 and 4) are a very poor substitute for what, to me, was the prettiest exchange name of all. My exchange. NIghtingale.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sunday Snippets-- A Catholic Carnival

Come one come all, to Sunday Snippets ! Thanks to RAnn for hosting!  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.  How about sharing yours?


Semper Gaudete!: New Painting in my Rosary Art Collection

Semper Gaudete!: Throwback Thursday

Semper Gaudete!: Obama: ‘Freedom of Religion Is Under Threat’

Semper Gaudete!: I just HAVE to share this!

Semper Gaudete!: Irony: Obama Tells Prayer Breakfast: “We Believe in the Dignity of Every Person”

Semper Gaudete!: Wonderful Article by Fr. Robert Barron

Semper Gaudete!: This Week's Fan Fiction

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week

Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"In A Great Tradition
Tribute to Dame Laurentia McLachlan,
Abbess of Stanbrook" #
by The Benedictines of Stanbrook
(I am very glad to have this book.  Rumer Godden
wrote in In This House of Brede: "All of the characters
in this book are imaginary, but many of the episodes
are based on fact; some are taken from the life and
sayings of Dame Laurentia McLachlan and Sister Mary
Ann McArdle of Stanbrook Abbey."

"In This House of Brede,"
by Rumer Godden
[fiction]
{Sunday Books}

"The Imitation of Mary In Four Books" #
by Alexander De Rouville
Revised and Edited by Matthew J. O'Connell
[devotional reading, Catholic]
(one chapter a day; more on Sunday)


"The Clubwoman's Manual"
by Kate M. Monro and Isabel S. Monro
[nonfiction]

{carried over from last week}

"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
by Mark Twain
[fiction]
(online book)

{carried over from last week}
 read for my
online book club

"Mama's Way"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
[non-fiction, Christian (Protestant) ]


"Julia and the Hand of God"
"A Room Made of Windows"
by Eleanor Cameron
[children's/YA fiction]
(openlibrary.org loans)


"Tarry Awhile"
by Lenora Mattingly Weber
[YA fiction]
(Kindle book)
{carrying over into next week}

This Week's Fan Fiction

23rd Precinct

New chapter added

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Obama: ‘Freedom of Religion Is Under Threat’


Here's the article.

Barck Obama is concerned about freedom of religion in other countries, while here in the United States of America... need I say any more?





Throwback Thursday

Jolly Book


In Pollyanna Grows Up, by Eleanor H. Porter, Pollyanna goes to Boston and meets a boy named Jamie. Jamie is in a wheelchair, and has a book he calls his "Jolly Book".
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"But you haven't told me yet about-the Jolly Book," prompted Pollyanna, after a minute.
The boy stirred and laughed shamefacedly.
" Well, you see, it ain't much, after all, except to me. You wouldn't see much in it. I started it a year ago. I was feelin' 'specially bad that day. Nothin' was right. For a while I grumped it out, just thinkin'; and then I picked tip one of father's books and tried to read. And the first thing I see was this: I learned it afterwards, so I can say it now.

   'Pleasures lie thickest where no pleasures seem;
    There's not a leaf that falls upon the ground
    But holds some joy, of silence or of sound."

"Well, I was mad. I wished I could put the guy that wrote that in my place, and see what kind of joy
he'd find in my 'leaves.' I was so mad I made up my mind I'd prove he didn't know what he was talkin' about, so I begun to hunt for 'em-the joys in my 'leaves,' you know. I took a little old empty notebook that Jerry had given me, and I said to myself that I'd write 'em down. Everythin' that had anythin' about it that I liked I'd put down in the book. Then I'd just show how many ' joys' I had."
" Yes, yes! " cried Pollyanna, absorbedly, as the boy paused for breath.
" Well, I didn't expect to get many, but-do you know?-I got a lot. There was somethin' about 'most everythin' that I liked a little, so in it had to go. The very first one was the book itself-that I'd got it, you know, to write in. Then somebody give me a flower in a pot, and Jerry found a dandy book in the subway. After that it was really fun to hunt 'em out-I'd find 'em in such queer places, sometimes. Then one day Jerry got hold of the little notebook, and found out what 'twas. Then he give it its name-the Jolly Book. And-and that's all."
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Pollyanna, of course, is delighted.
I've been thinking about getting a blank journal and keeping a book like that; writing
down all the good things that happen, all the little and not-so-little blessings, and
then sharing at least some of them in this blog.
One more thing: Thank God for books in the public domain that I can quote from at length
without having to be concerned about copyright infringements!

Originally posted on October 1st, 2010

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Sunday Snippets-- A Catholic Carnival

Come one come all, to Sunday Snippets! Thanks to RAnn for hosting!  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.  How about sharing yours?

Semper Gaudete!: Throwback Thursday

Semper Gaudete!: This Week's Fan Fiction

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week

Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"In A Great Tradition
Tribute to Dame Laurentia McLachlan,
Abbess of Stanbrook" #
by The Benedictines of Stanbrook
(I am very glad to have this book.  Rumer Godden
wrote in In This House of Brede: "All of the characters
in this book are imaginary, but many of the episodes
are based on fact; some are taken from the life and
sayings of Dame Laurentia McLachlan and Sister Mary
Ann McArdle of Stanbrook Abbey."

"In This House of Brede,"
by Rumer Godden
[fiction]
{Sunday Books}

"The Imitation of Mary In Four Books" #
by Alexander De Rouville
Revised and Edited by Matthew J. O'Connell
[devotional reading, Catholic]
(one chapter a day; more on Sunday)

"The Honest Dollar"
by Dorothy Simpson
[children's fiction]
{carried over from last week}

"A Sundae With Judy"
by Frieda Friedman
(children's fiction)

"Here's Lily!"
"Lily Robbins, M. D.
(Medical Dabbler)"
"Lily and the Creep"
by Nancy Rue
[children's fiction, Christian, Protestant, no denomination specified.]

"A Difficult Term for
the Chalet School" #
by Lisa Townsend
(fill-in)
"The Chalet School and the Island"
"Peggy of the Chalet School"
by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
(children's fiction)

"You Can't Eat Peanuts in Church
and Other Little-known Laws"
by Barbara Seuling
[nonfiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"The Clubwoman's Manual"
by Kate M. Monro and Isabel S. Monro
[nonfiction]
{carrying over into next week}

"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
by Mark Twain
[fiction]
(reading online)
Started on Saturday; reading for my
online book club
{carrying over into next week}

This Week's Fan Fiction

23rd Precinct
New chapters added.

False Alarm
New chapter added.